About Hitting the Road Without a Map by Fred Rutter:
A trip with a goal, but virtually no plan. The book is the true story of a road trip from Ohio to Oregon, which served as the catalyst for the author to confront some personal fears, deal with relationships, and become mindful of the freedom of living in the moment. It is also a testament to the joy of living sober. All the participants met in the rooms of alcoholism recovery.
Accepting the task to transport a large RV, which neither partner has driven, from Ohio to Oregon, the two acquaintances literally head west without a map. That miscalculation creates a problem which they realize also opens up possibilities. At its heart, this is a road trip, and the two men face equipment failures, a fire, and road closures as winter rapidly approaches. But they also experience the wonder of the West, and the freedom of an unscripted journey. The book is both travel memoir and a photo-essay of the trip.
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Living in central Ohio, the author has written for years, as one of his many hobbies, though this is his first book publication. His career has taken a circuitous route from warehouses, sales positions, bar tending, forklift operator in a factory, as well as struggling to make ends meet. Part of which was the direct result of a drinking problem, which he did not recognize at the time. Quality of life improved with sobriety. He found resonance in helping others, and worked in a variety of capacities at a regional foodbank, and later retired from that organization.
He lives in a rural village, in a funky old house, with his wife and a posse of cats. When not writing, he takes short road trips in pursuit of photography and collecting old paving bricks. and looking forward to the view over the next hill on the road.